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In theory, Spring is upon us. As the weather heats up, it is time to say goodbye to heavier winter teas and say hello or perhaps Aloha to lighter spring teas. So what is a lighter spring tea? Well for me fruity greens come to mind. They are lighter in color and lighter in flavor. And Harlow’s Say Aloha with its strawberries and pineapple and other fruits sounds like a spring tea to me. One misstep I think they took with this tea was using both a hojicha base and hibiscus. Both are such strong ingredients that they wrestle to Read More
At one Southern California shopping center, Peet’s Coffee’s huge floor-to-ceiling “Open Soon” banner hung on the wall for almost two years, during which the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf renovated and moved its kiosk to a better location, and Starbucks opened inside a furniture store. After writing about the Japanese Green Tea Café Project in 2015, I did not closely monitor anyone’s progress simply because I thought it would take years for the venture to materialize. Much to my surprise, the first Japanese Green Tea Café opened last year, and so did the Hello Kitty Café, which was mentioned briefly in the same post.
For the café’s location, the business operators chose Abbot Kinney Boulevard – an over-hyped, parking space-scarce touristy district near Venice Beach. Moreover, the team picked the profound -yet-not-too-catchy business name Shuhari, hoping to convey and execute these missions:
SHU (守): To savor centuries of tradition
The cup of Saemidori Fukamushi Sencha that I ordered did not disappoint. The staff clearly had been trained well on green tea preparation; however, upon requesting more information about this particular saemidori fukamushi sencha, I was presented with a remark as vague as the menu description that reads “a deep-steamed green tea with robustness and sweetness.” How about show me the tea leaves and powder? How about share a two or three-sentence educational comment on fukamushi cha (深蒸し茶)? Perhaps it was much more critical, during a hectic Saturday afternoon, to take orders from the remaining ten customers standing in line than to answer an inquisitive customer’s questions?
Should I write a separate Hello Kitty Café post? Does this picture speak a thousand words?!
Just this week I had green tea three days straight, at three different tea shops miles apart in this vast, cosmopolitan city. The Japanese Green Tea Café Project undoubtedly will strive to reach its “50 Cafés” goal; competition will be most fierce though.
I love banana nut anything. I actually just made banana nut muffins a few weeks ago and they were delectable. Thanks, Martha Stewart. One of my favorite teas from DAVIDsTEA is their Banana Nut Bread fruit infusion. But, because it is an infusion, its caffeine free. This is fine for evenings, but I need caffeine during the day. When I saw that A Quarter to Tea had a caffeinated banana nut flavored black tea, I was so excited and ordered a few samples right away. Every tea I have tried from this company thus far has been a complete dream. Read More
This tea is one of those that transports me back to a specific place and time & it will always hold a special place in my heart. I LOVE big, fat, stringent teas and Roasted Chestnut Black tea from Vida Pour Tea in Greensboro, NC is my one true love. It is the standard by which I judge other fat teas… Roasted Chestnut Black is a visually simple tea, but the smell of this tea alone is eyebrow raising and giggle-worthy. It has a dark, nutty flavor that rivals coffee and the most robust of hot chocolates. It stands up Read More
I have tried a lot of teas that are named some variation of sweet almond. It is always a green tea, but they all do not taste the same. Some are very much like marzipan, others are more so the taste of green tea. This one, by Storehouse Teas, is more the latter than the former. Which is good, sometimes you don’t want that overly sweet marzipan taste! The smell of this sweet almond tea is most definitely sweet almond with slight marzipan. I added just a tad of agave though because on taste, it was not as sweet as Read More
Yesterday, Lady Devotea and I were at an Easter Fair, and so were quite a lot of other people. If fact, we were meeting up with six of them. As we all know, fairs are sometimes a place to get really excellent tea. Perhaps as often as 1% of the time. As we also know, […]
DIY Tea Dyed Easter Eggs
Easter is right around the corner and +Lu Ann Pannunzio has the perfect way for tea drinkers to celebrate. I'll definitely be trying my hand at using tea to dye eggs this year.
Tea Experience: Cha Le Te
Michelle at One More Steep wrote about her experience at a new-to-me tea shop in Vancouver. Even though I'm close to NYC, I definitely have some serious tea envy when it comes to Canada.
Tasting: Tea Dealers Thurbo 2nd Flush Darjeeling
It's been far too long since I had a really good Darjeeling. +sara shacket's post this week reminded me that I need to change that immediately.
We May Have to Slap Some People
There are few who hate teabags more than +Robert Godden. I had a feeling this rant was coming after I saw a recent news article.
Gingham Sencha Tea Cakes
+Bonnie Eng has done it again, this time with sencha infused cakes that are almost too cute to eat. The sweet gingham pattern is super fun!
Ok, thanks to so many of you… I am unwell, and had decided to take a few weeks off of blogging. And then, unbidden into my inbox / Messenger/ Facebook/carrier pigeon hole came multiple copies of a story from ABC news, along with cries of outrage. And I looked upon it, and I was displeased. […]
Tomorrow is my birthday, and as usual, there will be world-wide celebrations and much rejoicing. However, this year, I though I’d bestow a gift instead, to all of humanity. There are two things that are vital for us to pass on to our children, a love of learning and a love of tea. It’s best […]
When I was a teenager, way back in the early 1980s, there was thing called the Doomsday Clock, and it counted down the theoretical time that the human ‘day” had left to run, i.e. when it hit midnight KABOOM! and to quote Roger Waters* at the time “it looks like the human race is run”. […]
Whew! I don’t know about you, but I love hot tea. I mean, duh, but wait for it. For me, tea is the ultimate comfort drink. There’s nothing I love more than curling up with a blanket, a book and a hot cuppa. Finally, FINALLY, it’s cool enough to do that (in Seattle – Naomi, you’re on your own in Vegas).
In Seattle, we’ve had a scorcher of a summer and while it’s been wonderful, it’s pretty uncomfortable curling up on a leather sofa in your short shorts and sipping hot tea when it’s 90 and humid. I’m just going to let you sit for a moment with that picture in your mind.
But there’s always iced tea, you say? Well sure. And I drank a considerable amount of iced tea this summer. It’s wonderful and refreshing. There are so many options for turning tea into summer treats.
However, nothing beats a lazy morning, sipping on a piping hot Earl Grey while reading about ghost stories or endless love. There is nothing cozier than curling up in blanket, staring into the fire and breathing in the smell of a jasmine green.
A photo posted by Audrea Fink (@audrea11) on Sep 30, 2015 at 2:18pm PDT
AND. IT’S. FINALLY. TIME. TEA TIME! The best kind of tea time. The fall leaves, morning fog, crisp air, boots and scarves kind of tea time. The time where your cup warms your cold fingers and the steam warms your cool nose.
The best part of it all is that now, it’s going to be the perfect tea time (in Seattle at least) for the next few months. And I’ve already started gearing up the office to be prepared. A co-worker and I built our own little tea cozy corner.
A photo posted by Audrea Fink (@audrea11) on Sep 18, 2015 at 11:32am PDT
That entire cabinet the basket is sitting on is filled with tea, so you can be sure we’re prepared for the teapocalypse here. So bust out your mugs, scarves, boots and hipster hats because it’s finally time to enjoy a proper cup of tea (without sweating and sticking to your leather seat).
It was a fall evening in 2008 that I decided to start a tea blog. In retrospect I knew very little (still do in fact.) However I did have one thing, passion, passion to learn, passion to know, and passion to try. Honestly I had no clue then what the next 7 years would entail, and what I would learn, but knowledge about tea aside, the thing I have learned is what passion can do for life, and
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